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AN UNHOLY HARVEST: Ottawa, Ontario, October 7-10, 2011


Note: Starred activities (*) will include ASL interpretation. Daytime activities take place at the 519 Community Centre; evening activities take place at Orion’s Studio. For the activities that take place over meal times, you are welcome to bring take-out food, snacks or bagged meals to enjoy.

Opening Words and High School Talent Show!*

Friday 8:30 - 10:00 p.m.
(followed by the weekend’s first play party, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m.)

High school talent shows were never this cool back in the day! Watch the jocks, the nerds and of course the delinquents show off their talents in this thoroughly pervy revisiting of the years some of us would otherwise like to forget. Expect astonishing performances, plenty of opportunities to get to know your fellow Harvest participants, kinky door prizes for best High School Confidential outfits, and various other deviant delights.

Fresh Meet*

Saturday 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Fresh Meet is our traditional Saturday morning circle jerk. Uh, that is, meet and greet! Right. Come meet fellow Harvesters and mingle over coffee or tea. The few fun introductory games will hardly hurt at all (unless you want them to). And there will be (gluten-free) baked goods! It’s a great way to get to know all the sexy perverts you saw the night before but were too shy to talk to. Come join in the fun!

Basics Tasting Salon: Beatings and Blood

Saturday 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.

So you’re new at all this, and you’d like to find out how it works. Well, you’ve come to the right place! At the tasting salon, you can get some basic tips on safe percussion play and safe temporary piercing, and have a chance to try it out, whether by picking up a flogger or a needle to experiment on yourself or a friend, or by letting a seasoned player lead you through experiencing them on the receiving end. Super- short sessions take place every 15 minutes, so come get a taste before or after you munch your lunch!

Kinky Swap

Saturday 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.
(followed by the weekend’s second play party, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m.)

Join us for the year’s biggest kinky swap! At Harvest, our attendees run the gamut of gender expressions, body types, styles and sizes, so this is definitely an everyone-welcome kind of swap. Bonus: A swap makes for a great spectator sport. Just think of all the hotties taking off their clothing to try on hot “new” items!

Step 1: Go through your closets, toybags and bookshelves to dig out all the stuff you’re not really using anymore; haul it to Harvest and heave it into the swap pile. Get creative—this isn’t just about leather and latex. Just about any clothing can be kinky! And we definitely want your old porn, erotica books and (clean) toys.

Step 2: Get your hands on other people’s cool castaways! Seriously, folks… Just imagine the amount of awesome gear that will find its way out of 100+ people’s closets and into the pile for you to pick from! Don’t worry if you don’t have anything to contribute—this isn’t a one-for-one exchange. All leftover items will be donated to a local women’s shelter.

Porn Screening

Saturday 8:30-9:30 p.m. (right alongside the Kinky Swap!)

Boy, do we have a special treat for you this year! The fine folks at Crash Pad, led by award-winning queer feminist filmmaker Shine Louise Houston, have given us free rein to put together a series of clips from their films. As a result, you’ll be getting a custom-tailored queer porn extravaganza replete with the kind of diversity you almost never see in a single film. Trans women, trans men, cis people, folks with disabilities, people of colour, bodies of all sizes and shapes—this promises to be a
night of queer perv-heavy porn that looks, well, a whole lot like Harvest does! Visit them at

Kink and Identity Panel: High School... Confidential?*

Sunday 11:45 - 12:45 p.m.

Join us for a stimulating panel bringing together people who are involved in the worlds of both academia and leather, introduced and moderated by Andrea Zanin, who’s eyeballs-deep in both herself. Hear the stories of a high school teacher who’s also a full-time submissive, a college professor-cum-PhD student who’s a kink event organizer, and a senior university scholar who happens to also be a leather titleholder, among others. What, if any, are the intersections of their kink lives and their teacher/student worlds? How do they navigate being out as kinky at school—or how do they keep things separate? What issues do they face and what strengths do they draw from these two elements of their identities? You definitely don’t want to miss this chance to hear from some of the awesome nerdy pervs in our community!

Bilingual Erotica Open Mike*

Sunday 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.

At the Bilingual Erotica Open Mike, you – yes, you! – provide the entertainment. Just how nasty are your fantasies? Just how daring is your prose? And just how hot do you think you can get everyone before the weekend’s last play party? Come show off your verbal prowess in the language of your choce! Whether you’re a first-time writer or you churn out fresh porn every weekend, this is definitely where you should be sharing it. Bonus: live ASL interpretation. Of porn. ‘Nuff said.

Closing Ceremonies*

Sunday 9:30-10 p.m.
(followed by the weekend’s last play party, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m.)

Last year’s closing ceremonies brought the Harvest community together in a way that had never happened before, and left people feeling connected and energized for their final night of debauchery. We’re aiming to repeat that feat this year in a whole new way. Nothing too scary or woo-woo, we promise... but you don’t want to miss this last chance to reconnect with the whole Harvest crowd, celebrate the amazing energy of the weekend, and wish each other well before the last play party gets underway. Your presence is deeply desired, politely requested or sternly required, whichever floats your boat!

Kinky Klean-up and Bye-Bye Brunch

Monday 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

You’ve made some awesome connections over the weekend, and you just can’t bear to say goodbye quite yet… plus, you’re up for lending a hand to bring Orion’s Studio back to its pristine pre-Harvest state. What to do? Join us at our main venue to be part of the community clean-up crew! Many hands make light work, and when the job is done, we’ll all head to a nearby accessible and kink-friendly brunch restaurant that’s expecting a herd of leatherdykes to descend for a satisfying meal to cap off a more than satisfying weekend. (Brunch is at your own cost.)


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